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Elizabeth M Jessup (Denk), known as Betty to most, passed away at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Betty, who previously resided in Poynette, Wisconsin, was 86 years old.
Born in Cudahy, Wisconsin on July 29, 1930, Betty was the daughter of the late Frank Clement and Anna Denk. Prior to retiring to Poynette, Betty spent most of her life residing in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.
Betty is preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Donald Jessup; whom she always called Jug. Loving mother to her seven children, Betty is survived by Linda Jessup, Michael (Stephanie) Jessup, Patrick (Paula) Jessup, Susan Jessup, Dona Geracie Curran, Jacqueline (Jessup) Prissel and Robert (Jennifer) Jessup; her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law Gary Curran.
From her ability to sew, quilt and cook, to her friendship, loyalty and love, Betty’s legacy will continue for generations to come.
A private service will be held at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Lodi, WI with Father Scott Jablonski officiating.
My true excitement with my mom was the day I was born. I decided it was time to come while mom and dad were having a Fourth of July picnic that they had to stop a parade so that they could cross the street to get mom to the hospital. And always told me I was her firecracker baby.
When graduating from college I received a trip for a week to Washington DC with Mom. We saw so many sites and mom just wanted to go everywhere. Spending that time together was so much fun and I got to spend time with my best friend.
When I was a little girl I had a new outfit everyday which mom made for me. She made me a gray wool outfit which was a pleated skirt, jacket and matching hat. I wore it just about every day. It was my favorite outfit.
When starting kindergarten mom use to have to sit in the door where I could see her for about 20 minutes and then she would sneak away. If I couldn’t see her I would start to cry and she would have to come back.
Being able to have a birthday party with Kiddy cocktails. We got to dress up in mom’s clothes and heels. It was the best!
Mom, I love you and I miss you. I am blessed I had such a terrific mom like you. I will now start the journey in my life holding you ever so close in my heart forever.
Mom was always there for whatever the crisis was from forgetting you needed a treat for school tomorrow at bedtime or you needed help with a craft project. She even found a way to teach me her little left handed girl how to knit and sew by having me do exactly what she was doing while sitting across from her so she was doing right handed and I was doing it left. Oh the time she spent.....
Mom always wanted us to be in fashion from the matching dresses when we were little the favorite being the white dresses with the blue sashes or the blue dress with the matching caps. As we got older, having to put two patterns together to have that cool dress with the pleats in the back. The fun Christmas gifts we received like the year she gave us girls all wigs or the year with the beret hats. But the most special time was when money was tight and I had to have a big wedding and she spent months making all the dresses, the head pieces, the flowers and most special was that she made my beautiful wedding dress for under $100. She had so much talent. She could come up with a fix for anything and did it with such energy.
Mom’s talents were endless from sewing to knitting. I will never have a cold night because I will always have an Afghan to keep me warm. And knowing her hours of hand work it took will always comfort me wrapped up in it
Mom could not always be at every practice or every ballet recital, she was working, or taking care of Linda, or sewing, or canning, or cooking. It was endless. But I knew she was there in spirit, always encouraging me to try harder and be a better person. She, maybe without knowing, was my biggest fan through all the stages of my life. Thank you for being there through break ups, life decisions, the loss of my husband and the new chapters in my life. You were all of your girl’s best friend(s) and made each of us feel like we were the “one”.
The most important lesson I learned was the way you taught me right from wrong, encouraging me in my walk of faith if I so chose, and for teaching me the value of respect not only for others, but for myself as well. You made me become a stronger woman, a better wife and a more loving daughter and sister.
You taught the importance of hard work, and the essence of going for my dreams no matter how goofy they may have been. You and Dad worked so hard to give us the greatest life possible, you also kept us all on the straight and narrow reminding us nothing in life was free and you have to work hard to earn your way. You pushed us all to be the best versions of ourselves.
Thank you for making me independent, and telling me to never rely on anyone. Every single day, I become more confident in myself. You always told me that the ability to be financially and emotionally stable on my own was imperative, I see now that you couldn’t have been more correct. Thank you for passing down some of your best qualities. All of your children are stubborn and hard headed at times, all along we thought it was from Dad----but deep down I know it was you that drove that bus. You taught us to stand up for ourselves. Because of you, I am not afraid to stand up for my beliefs. I, too often, tell it like it is. I inherited my convictions and my passion from watching you, and I’m a better person because of you.
Thank you for always believing in me and never judging me. There’s nothing I wanted more than to make you and Dad proud. All four of your daughters will forever be your little girls, and no amount of growing up ever changed that. Thank you for giving me brothers and sisters, some to torture and love just the same. They are by far the biggest blessings in my life.
Thank you for keeping me grounded. You never hesitated to remind me where I came from and continued to keep me level in life.
I love you, Mom. You’ve been my role model and even though I laughed at everyone who told me this would happen I realize that I got my independence and my sass from you, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Sometimes, I got so busy in life but I always appreciated you. Things I appreciated about you most were:
•The dog-eared last month’s Better Homes & Garden magazines you saved for me. •The adorable clothes you sewed for us girls when we were young. •The Betty Crocker cookbook that you gave and signed to me in 1976, it’s made me a great cook; just like you!!! •The “love ya” at the end of every note or card you sent. •The way you loved Linda. •That pink bikini you wore the day after a night out at Jolly’s. •For allowing the freshman class homecoming float to be built in our garage……. for a month. •For making my prom dress and making me get an up-doo….that was seriously an UP-DOO •For all the endless “everything” that you have done throughout your life, I always appreciated you and I hope you knew that.
I know I’ve had a busy life, but you were always so appreciated. Certainly I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it weren’t for you. So, thank you – for absolutely everything. You’re my hero for all eternity.
I love you and miss you Mom.
I love you, I miss you. Thank you for taking care of me my entire life. I only wanted you to come home, and I know now that you are. Please don’t worry about me, my brothers and sisters will assure my well-being.
Love your number one daughter,
My sisters have spoken so well of how generous and loving you were. You also had many special gifts you shared with your boys.
A favorite memory is helping me repair my motorcycle in our kitchen. It was “too cold” in the garage so you helped me bring the cycle in the house. Not many Moms would have done that.
This is just one small example of how you were gracious and willing to give of yourself.
Your example of life long devotion to Linda has been an inspiration and by example, made us better people. There was never a sense of compulsion or obligation. It was and is what we do, take care of Linda. We will continue to do just that, care for her and each other as you have tried to teach us.
Please know that you will be missed, but your legacy will live on.